January 8th, 2009
08:03 PM ET
7 years ago

Palin takes digs at Fey, Couric

Palin had tough words for Fey and Couric.

Palin had tough words for Fey and Couric.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is credited with making Tina Fey a world-wide star and boosting Katie Couric's ratings at CBS.

But in a recent interview with conservative John Ziegler, Palin said both "exploited" her twelve-week candidacy - a fact, she said, that "says a great deal about our society.”

Fey's widely-applauded portrayal of the Alaska governor boosted SNL's ratings, while Couric’s audience grew after a series of interviews during which Palin now-famously faltered.

“I did see that Tina Fey was named entertainer of the year and Katie Couric’s ratings have risen," Palin said in the interview. "I know that a lot of people are capitalizing on, oh I don’t know, perhaps some exploiting that was done via me, my family, my administration - that’s a little bit perplexing, but it also says a great deal about our society.”

The Alaska governor was particularly upset with an SNL skit during which Fey's version of Palin said, "I believe marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers."

The line was a clear reference to Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol and her fiancé Levi Johnston. The two announced shortly before the GOP convention that they were expecting a baby and had plans to marry.

"The mama grizzly rises up in me, hearing things like that," she said of a skit. "Here again, cool, fine come attack me. But when you make a suggestion like that that attacks a kid, it kills me."

In the wide-ranging interview, Palin also faulted the McCain campaign for agreeing to a series of sit-downs with Couric after the first one appeared to go so poorly.

“I knew it didn’t go well the first day, and then we gave her a couple of other segments after that," she said. "And my question to the campaign was, after it didn’t go well the first day, why were we going to go back for more…going back for more was not a wise decision either.”

During one of those follow-up interviews, Palin took heat for appearing to be unable to name the newspapers or magazines she reads: "Um of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years," was the Alaska governor's response.

In the interview with Ziegler, Palin called that answer "too flippant" and suggested the question itself offended her.

“To me the question was more along the lines of, ‘Do you read, what do you guys do up there, what is it that you read?’”

"...Katie, you’re not the center of everybody’s universe," Palin added off-handedly.

Palin, who has long criticized media coverage of her campaign performance, also said she is interested to see if reporters are equally tough on Caroline Kennedy as she pursues the appointment to the likely-vacant Senate seat in New York.

“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled, and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope,” she said.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here, also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be," she also said.

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  1. Steve

    ...she still doesn't get it.

    January 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Old Dominion


    The momma grizzly rises up? Your not the center of everyone's universe???

    How funny is it that a woman accusing others of exploiting her children and improving their ratings at her expense was, in fact, exploting her children for sympathy and using McCain's campaign to improve her visibility????

    Sarah Palin: the living, breathing JOKE that never gets old


    January 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. RG, Tampa, FL

    Sarah who? Am I supposed to know or care what this person has to say?

    January 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Scott

    Faulting Couric? How ridiculous is that. If someone asks me what newspaper I read...I tell them "USA Today". It's not a trick question or a question meant to degrade Alaska.

    I would guess that Palin didn't comment on her Russia answer or her VP responsibility answer or her major Supreme Court answer.

    If Sarah Palin is considered a rising Republican star then the future is very very bleak for Republicans.

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Christopher

    Oh, poor Sarah. Wah wah wah.

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. 12 Days To Go

    So the defeat according to Palin was everyone else's fault but her own...

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Trust

    She is stupid plain and simple. How stupid people can rise up.

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Another AC

    Governor, with all due respect, if you wouldn't have given Tina Fey SO much material, she wouldn't have been able to capitalize on it...

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. alvino

    Sheeee's baaaccckkkk!

    Sarah, you were running for the second highest elected position in the world, I thought you knew that. There is a certain degree of scrutiny that goes with VP of the United States, and, clearly, you did not live up to expectations.

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Wonder

    Why Lord....Why? Why? are we being punished like this?

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Give me a break!

    No, sweetie...it says something about YOU...not society. If you had never been chosen and opened your mouth, neither Tina Fey nor Katie Couric would be enjoying their current successes. Your ignorance made them famous. Just keep talking...they're loving every minute of it (although I'm quite sick and tired of you).

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Alaska

    This woman and her narcissism offend me. What a goober. Does she think that she shouldn't have done ANY interviews so that the majority of people in the lower 48 wouldn't have gotten to see how truly unqualified she was/is for job of VP (or Governor). What was McCain thinking??????

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    first snitches!

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. JJ in NY

    Haven't seen SNL, you know, do a skit on Caroline Kennedy, you know ?

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Melinda

    Both Fey and Couric were stars in their own professions long before a no nothing Governor of a state with more reindeer than people was plucked from obsurity! Can she just please go away!

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. MD

    Palin should not waste her time responding to outdated comics and tabloid journalists.

    January 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. occ

    Shes an idiot

    January 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. ChubbJack

    Sarah who?

    January 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Kristin

    This is what happens when you look like an idiot in the spotlight. Don't like it? Stay in Alaska!

    January 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Brad IL.

    Sarah , congrats on becoming a grand-mother . Hope your daughter and future son in-law are enjoying there new found bundle of joy. As for Katie and Tina, well what can we say. Katie is a news has been and her future in T.V. is almost at a end, Hopefully! And let's not forget Tina, She only wished she even had a little talent. She is one of those people who can only justifiy her existance of making a attempt of being funny. She will probably be a porn actor before her career actually ever gets taken serious. Best Wishes from my family too yours , and may god bless.

    January 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Ray in IN

    baa-haaa-haa-haaa...[wheeze]..baa...haa..haaa!!1 Man, she gets better everytime something falls out of her mouth.

    January 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Robin

    Liberal hate comments soon to follow.

    I liked you Sarah. I still do. Your 80% approval rating in Alaska is no fluke.

    Plus, my son is a journalism major and even his professors were commenting how biased the election coverage was.

    January 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Linda

    Her children should be off-limits.

    Poor Sarah…Is she claiming her ignorance about world affairs is Couric’s fault?? I am confused. First, Sarah complains about not being allowed to speak with the press and now she complains about arranged interviews via the McCain camp. In my opinion, Katie took it easy on her.

    January 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. sg

    The fact is Curic or Fey could not accomplish what Palin has. Maybe they're jealous?? Let see the what the kool-aid drinking Obamadrones have to say about this.

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. mark

    Yawn.... Haven't the reporters and camera crews left Wasilla yet? She sure didn't mind the publicity when she appeared in all those SNL skits.

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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